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A Republican win …
• With Residence and Senate negotiators reaching an agreement on a final version of their rewrite of the tax code, the celebration is closing in on its initial significant legislative achievement considering that assuming political manage this year.
Final votes on the revised legislation, whose overall cost remains unclear, could come subsequent week.
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve predicted that the measure would modestly boost economic growth for the next couple of years without having stoking inflation.
• One factor the debate more than the tax overhaul has shown: the peril Americans face in producing economic decisions based on the tax code.
… and a loss.
• We’re still sifting via the as soon as-unimaginable Republican defeat in Tuesday’s particular Senate election in Alabama. These maps compare the turnout with that of the 2016 presidential election.
Roy Moore’s loss once more pointed to divisions among the party’s establishment and its populist wing, led by Stephen Bannon.
President Trump — who our White House correspondents note “does not specifically do humble” — shrugged off the upset on Wednesday.
• Black voters, motivated by issues that the nation is turning back the clock, had been vital to electing the Democrat Doug Jones. In Alabama, “You can not go two miles with no some Confederate emblem or icon or flag taunting you,” one man said.
Music mogul is accused of rape.
• In recent interviews, four females spoke about a pattern of violent sexual behavior by Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. Disclosing incidents from 1988 to 2014, three of the girls mentioned that he had raped them.
In a statement, Mr. Simmons said: “I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”
Separately, PBS stopped distributing a speak show hosted by Tavis Smiley after an investigation found “credible allegations” of misconduct.
As revelations of sexual harassment break, ladies have been discussing the fallout and how to move forward. In this week’s Times Magazine, girls from across the functioning planet take on this complicated conversation.
• And in an Op-Ed for The Times, the actress Salma Hayek writes: “Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a threat taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster. For years, he was my monster.”
The expense of living in California.
• For numerous of the state’s residents, 1 question is omnipresent: Is this worth it?
The threat of earthquakes, annual wildfires and higher taxes have contributed to a net outflow of residents for much more than three decades.
• Still, “the wrath of God has failed to deter companies from thinking this is a excellent spot to be, despite the fact that it is pricey and crowded,” one particular economist said.
• Disney stated these days that it had reached a deal to acquire most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion.
• The F.C.C. is expected to vote right now to dismantle so-called net neutrality rules, which have prohibited net service providers from blocking sites or charging them for greater high quality delivery to shoppers.
It would be the biggest victory in Ajit Pai’s eventful 11-month tenure as the agency’s chairman.
• This was the year tech giants realized that running strong online platforms brings genuine-globe duty, our columnist writes. “The large mystery of 2018 and beyond is what, exactly, that responsibility will appear like.”
• Walmart is providing its 1.four million workers early access to component of their paychecks. Critics say the business and other people in the retail and service industries ought to also raise wages.
Guidelines, both new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.
• You probably know you need a flu shot every single year, but here’s why.
• 5 easyskin care ideas for men this winter.
• Recipe of the day: Cumin-roasted salmon.
• The New York City that never ever was.
In today’s 360 video, discover an exhibition at the Queens Museum showcasing projects that, had they been constructed, would have drastically changed how the city looks.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama.
• The glory of pizza.
The pizza makers of Naples — known as pizzaiuoli — have been added to Unesco’s annual Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Our correspondent visited the Italian city as it celebrated, as one particular pizza maker stated, “a solution that has conquered the world.”
• Greatest of late-evening Television.
Samantha Bee saluted the women who came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against the Republican candidate in Alabama: “I hope that they are obtaining a fantastic day due to the fact thanks to them, Roy Moore positive isn’t.”
• Quotation of the day.
“It was exhausting. It was like generating a record although swimming in rough seas.”
— Drew Dixon, a former executive at Def Jam Records, who stated fending off advances from the label’s co-founder Russell Simmons was a “full-time job.” She has accused Mr. Simmons of sexual assault.
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” the initial Hollywood film to portray a kiss amongst a black man and a white woman, was released 50 years ago this week.
It came out only six months right after Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down laws against mixed marriages in 16 states.
Set against the backdrop of the civil rights era, the film — in which a white woman introduces her black fiancé to her parents — didn’t strike challenging sufficient against racism, some critics stated. The star, Sidney Poitier, was currently a hit with white audiences, and he played a charming, Yale-educated medical doctor.
Our evaluation noted that “in a burst of incisive recognition that may also characterize the blue-chip film,” one particular character says, “Civil rights is one thing but this here is something else.”
Even so, the film was a milestone for race relations in America, and it embodies how instances have changed. The very same year, the secretary of state, Dean Rusk, supplied to resign if his daughter’s marriage to a black man caused embarrassment to President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Their wedding photo later appeared on the cover of Time magazine.
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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Published at Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:12:38 +0000